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The symbol shows the location of the Lark Stoke (Gloucestershire, England) transmitter which serves 38,000 homes. The bright green areas shown where the signal from this transmitter is strong, dark green areas are poorer signals. Those parts shown in yellow may have interference on the same frequency from other masts.

This transmitter has no current reported problems

The BBC and Digital UK report there are no faults or engineering work on the Lark Stoke (Gloucestershire, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Lark Stoke transmitter broadcast?

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Digital television services are broadcast on a multiplexes (or Mux) where many stations occupy a single broadcast frequency, as shown below.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 V max
C26 (514.0MHz)281mDTG-31,260W
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1 BBC One (SD) West Midlands, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 23 BBC Three, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 18 others

PSB2
D3+4
 V max
C23 (490.0MHz)281mDTG-31,260W
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3 ITV (SD) (Central (West micro region)), 4 Channel 4 (SD) Midlands ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 Midlands ads, 18 More4, 26 ITV4, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV +1 (Central west),

PSB3
BBCB
 V max
C30- (545.8MHz)281mDTG-61,260W
Channel icons
56 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV HD (ITV Central West), 104 Channel 4 HD Midlands ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 106 BBC Four HD, 109 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

COM4
SDN
 V max
C33+ (570.2MHz)276mDTG-81,260W
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12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 41 Legend, 42 GREAT! movies action, 46 Channel 5 +1, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 74 Dave ja vu, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 203 CITV, 208 POP MAX, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 15 others

COM5
ArqA
 V max
C36 (594.0MHz)276mDTG-81,260W
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11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 pick, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 57 Smithsonian Channel, 60 Drama +1, 70 Quest +1, 75 Yesterday +1, 83 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 8 others

COM6
ArqB
 V max
C48 (690.0MHz)276mDTG-81,260W
Channel icons
 FreeSports, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 71 Quest Red +1, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 88 Classic Hits, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 19 others

DTG-3 64QAM 8K 2/3 24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-6 256QAM 32KE 2/3 40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
DTG-8 64QAM 8K 3/4 27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Are you trying to watch these 0 Freeview HD channels?


The Lark Stoke (Gloucestershire, England) mast is not one of the extended Freeview HD (COM7 and COM8) transmitters, it does not provide these high definition (HD) channels: .

If you want to watch these HD channels, either use Freesat HD, or move your TV aerial must point to one of the 30 Full Freeview HD transmitters. For more information see the want to know which transmitters will carry extra Freeview HD? page.

Which BBC and ITV regional news can I watch from the Lark Stoke transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Midlands Today 2.9m homes 10.9%
from Birmingham B1 1RF, 45km north-northwest (345°)
to BBC West Midlands region - 66 masts.
regional news image
ITV Central News 2.9m homes 10.9%
from Birmingham B1 2JT, 46km north-northwest (345°)
to ITV Central (West) region - 65 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 80% evening news is shared with Central (East)

How will the Lark Stoke (Gloucestershire, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1984-971997-981998-20112011-137 Mar 2018
A K TA K TA K TK TK T
C23ITVwavesITVwavesITVwavesD3+4D3+4
C26BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBCABBCA
C29C4wavesC4wavesC4waves
C30-BBCBBBCB
C33BBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1wavesSDN
C36ArqA
C41+SDN
C44ArqA
C47ArqB
C48_local_local

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 / June 2022 - more
Table shows multiplexes names see this article;
green background for transmission frequencies
Notes: + and - denote 166kHz offset; aerial group are shown as A B C/D E K W T
waves denotes analogue; digital switchover was 6 Apr 11 and 20 Apr 11.

How do the old analogue and currrent digital signal levels compare?

Analogue 1-4 6.3kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB, BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 1.26kW
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*, Mux C*, Mux D*(-24dB) 25W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Lark Stoke transmitter area

Feb 1983-Dec 1992TV-am•
Jan 1993-Sep 2010GMTV•
Sep 2010-Dec 2014ITV Daybreak•
• Breakfast ◊ Weekends ♦ Friday night and weekends † Weekdays only. Lark Stoke was not an original Channel 3 VHF 405-line mast: the historical information shown is the details of the company responsible for the transmitter when it began transmitting Channel 3.

Comments
Monday, 18 October 2021
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

8:36 AM

Lark Stoke transmitter - Lark Stoke transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 18/10/2021 Screen may go black on some or all channels [DUK]

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Transmitter engineering's 138,029 posts GB
Thursday, 24 February 2022
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MalcolmW
4:49 PM

What channel is GB News (freeview 236) broadcast on (for manual tuning purposes) ?

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Chris.SE
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

10:38 PM

MalcolmW:

Although the site owner has not found the time to make several updates since the 700MHz Clearance program and the "transmission frequencies change over time" section hasn't been updated, the UHF channel list a the top of the page are correct. Lark Stoke's UHF channels are C26, C23, C30, C33, C36, C48 that's in the multiplex order PSBs1-3, COMs4-6. The allocation of programme channels is a bit out-of-date.

GB News is on ArqB/COM6.

See Channel listings for Industry Professionals | Freeview for which programme channels are carried on which multiplex. That list is normally up-to-date.

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Chris.SE's 3,105 posts GB
Friday, 26 August 2022
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R Russell
8:22 PM
Evesham

I am at post code WR11 1YJ in Evesham and do not receive
an acceptable signal level and quality for channels in the COM6
mux during the day. I have my aerial aligned with the transmitter
at Lark Stoke.
I also have an aerial aligned with the transmitter at Ridge Hill which
gives very acceptable signal strength and quality 24/7.
I find this anomaly difficult to asign it to "atmospherics"!!

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R Russell's 1 post GB
Saturday, 27 August 2022
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Chris.SE
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

5:42 AM

R Russell:

Well as it so happens if this is a recent occurrence - you don't say how long this has been the case - it could well be Current weather conditions -
Tropospheric Ducting - causing interference from more distant transmitters in Europe or the UK. This can be very variable and is usually short term at any instant but conditions have been persisting for several days, different parts of the UK are being affected at different time. Not every multiplex will be affected, nor necessarily more than one at any time, it will depend on where the interference is coming from.
Both Freeview and the BBC have issued warnings about short term interference to reception.

Although there is some slight variability across your postcode, you are predicted to get good reception from Lark Stoke for all 6 multiplexes, COM6 is only fractionally less good in some spots, in others it could be COM5!
The aerial should be pointing at a bearing of 90 degrees (that's due E) with its rods (or squashed Xs) vertical, although reception can be affected by very local conditions such as trees, other buildings, (any scaffolding or metal chimneys etc) height of aerial and so on.
You don't say how old the aerial is. If it's an old Group A (pre-DSO), it will not have good reception of COM6 on UHF C48, and if it is that vintage, I would question the quality/current state of the coax which could also reduce the strength of the higher frequencies if there has been any water ingress at any time.

Check you are correctly tuned to Lark Stoke's UHF channels as per the post before yours.

Your postcode is predicted to get quite variable (PSBs) to poor (COMs) reception from Ridge Hill, bearing 257 degrees (12 degrees S of due W) with its rods horizontal. A Group A aerial would suffice.
On the other hand, its predicted to get very good reception from Sutton Coldfield, bearing 6 degrees that's just E of due N, with the rods horizontal. A Group B aerial would suffice.
Again reception can be affected by very local conditions.

In all cases a quality Group K aerial will cover all transmitters, although Group T and Widebands can be good enough, it will depend on the particular model of aerial and local signal strength.


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